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    A cultural and political history of community formation and exclusion in Australia since 1788.

    By exploring the 'boundaries of belonging', this paper examines key moments in Australian history where practices of inclusion and exclusion have been in tension, and how these moments have shaped the development of Australian identity. With a focus on ‘high politics’ and the ‘microhistories’ of specific communities, major themes include: diverse mobilities to colonial Australia; race and labour relations on colonial frontiers; immigration restriction; ideals of ‘assimilation’ targeted at Indigenous and migrant groups; and the more recent anxious border controls of the late-twentieth century.

    About this paper

    Paper title Australia since 1788: Boundaries of Belonging
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 200-level points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with HIST 331 taken in 2021, 2022, 2023

    Associate Professor Frances Steel -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Frances Steel


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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this paper students will have:

    • Developed an advanced understanding of the historical processes and influences shaping community formation in Australia since 1788
    • An appreciation of how practices of exclusion shape the development of national identity
    • Demonstrated an ability to evaluate debates and interpretations in modern Australian history


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


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    A2 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
    A3 Monday 15:00-15:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
    A4 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
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